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>> and now, "bbc world news." >> hello and welcome. >> the headlines. strong words in washington. hillary clinton says the syrian president basher al-islah has lost legitimacy. new allegations of malpractice by a return list working for rupert murdoch. >> east africa's drought, and a race against time. aid agencies say a way must be hat -- must be found to help victims in somalia. the cheeks of a world cup team tells the bbc they cannot buy their way to success. it is 9:00 a.m. here in singapore. >> is 2:00 a.m. here in london. broadcasters in america and around the world.
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>> the u.s. secretary of state has said syrian president-are al-assad has lost legitimacy with the diplomatic tension between the two countries. supporters attack the u.s. embassy in damascus. >> let me also add that if anyone, including presidents , thinks the u.s. will secretly emerged to continue its brutality, they are wrong. the president is not dispensable -- indispensable, and we have absolutely nothing invested in him remaining in power. our goal is to see that the will of the syrian people for a
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democratic transformation occurs. >> let's get more from our washington correspondent. strong words from hillary clinton, the strongest yet. >> the strongest yet, the message was very strong and very clear. i think is quite significant what mrs. clinton said about the fact that the u.s. finds that is notnt assad indispensable. many have thought that deep down, despite all the pro- democracy rhetoric and talk of support for the protesters, the u.s. would still like to see the government's stay in power. the secretary made it clear that
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they do not want him in power, or they have nothing invested in him. it was very much addressed to those who have been alleging all along that they might after all not mind him staying. so a very strong message indeed, but at the same time, she did not call on him to stand down. i think the reasons for that are clear. libya has recently got itself into a conflict it cannot get out of. assad -- president assad is aware that america does not want to get into another situation like that. >> demonstrators climbed walls and smashed windows. we have this report from beirut. >> the syrian flag and the american embassy.
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embassy official said that while the mob because some physical damage to buildings, the personnel were all fine, but they say syria failed to provide adequate protection. the french received much the same treatment. french security personnel fired in the air to keep the syrian government loyalists at bay. it all goes back to last week when the american and french ambassadors visited the scene of huge anti-government protests. syrian officials accused the american ambassador in particular of incitement and encouraging instability. meanwhile, the authorities have held a second day of national dialogue. the government insists it is serious about real reform, including the possible introduction of multi-party democracy. but many opposition leaders
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boycotted the event, denouncing it as a sham. in fact, some based -- some based in turkey said they will now form a shadow government of technocrats in exile. >> any regime that uses weapons against its own people is considered an expired regime. this government is confronting its citizens with military tanks. in syria, there are 3000 tanks directing arms against the people. they are breaking into homes and bombing civilians. >> it is the first serious attempt by the opposition to establish an alternative national leadership. >> the sheer scale of the uk phone hacking scandal is revealed by a new evidence that suggest queen elizabeth and other members of the royal family have also been hit. the news of the world is accused
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of paying protection officers for information. in other developments, it is alleged that sunday's times newspaper tried to obtain details about former british prime minister gordon brown finances and tried to access medical information about one of his children. this report from our business editor. >> the head of state, the royal family and their family is the duty of police in the royal protection branch. this morning, i learned that news of the world email uncovered long ago a -- as long ago as 2007 contained evidence that the sunday newspaper was paying royal protection officers
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for private information about the royal family. it later emerged in the guardian that the bones of prince charles -- the phones of prince charles might have been hacked. the papers disgraced former editor was requesting money to buy a confidential directory called the green book of the royal family's land line telephone numbers and all the mobile phones of the household staff. the letter implies that a royal police officer had stolen the directory and wanted 1,000 pounds for it. >> to take money to disclose telephone numbers for the royal family, is an appalling breach of security. >> the latest stories could not have come at a worse time for the newspaper's owners.
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it is trying to bite -- although rupert murdoch's is credited as the founder of bskyb, his corp. owns just 30% of it. it is a growing business, generating huge amounts of cash. this year's profits are expected to be close to 1 billion pounds, whereas revenues of his favorite newspapers, those left after closure of news of the world, are under pressure. for the past year, mr. murdoch has been arguing that the takeover should be allowed to go through without a lengthy investigation. this afternoon, in a dramatic pole back, he withdrew the undertaking. the delay in the takeover is better for him than the
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alternative of abandoning it all together. as a result, news corp's example -- as a result of the announcement, i am going to refer this to the competition commission. we will be writing to them this afternoon. >> the leader of the opposition did not want to hear from mr. hunt. >> the prime minister was wrong not to come to the house of commons today. as on every occasion during this crisis, he has failed to show the necessary leadership the country expects. >> here is what the prime minister set out of earshot of mr. miliband. >> with all the problems and the difficulties and the mess they are in, i think they should be focused on clearing those up rather than on the next corporate move. >> earlier in the day, the deputy prime minister met the family of a murdered schoolgirl. it was the exposure of the news that the family of the girl had
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been hacked to that did so much damage to the preppies at reduced to the reputation of report merkt -- did so much damage to the reputation of rupert murdoch's company. >> now along with the late in the bid is perhaps the most pecan hope for. -- the most he can hope for. >> barack obama has urged compromise to avoid tipping in the united states into another recession. republicans are pushing for spending cuts. the treasury is warning it will run out of money to cover the country's bills if congress does not increase its borrowing authority. stock markets across europe have fallen heavily as investors remain concerned that the eurozone debt crisis could
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spread. finance ministers have been meeting in brussels to discuss the second bailout for greece. u.s. stocks had the worst day in nearly a month with the dow jones in new york falling 1.2%. more details on the growing humanitarian crisis in the horn of africa. >> the situation there is deteriorating and a leading american aid official has said he hopes away can be found to deliver aid to drought-stricken somalia. he was speaking at the nws high- level visit to refugee camps in ethiopia. he said death rates during the crisis have been staggering. mike reports on the somalia border in southeastern ethiopia. >> an uncertain start of a new life as refugees.
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hundreds of somalis living into one of three existing refugee camps here. it has been problematic ever since it opened late last month. a hot, dust build wind blows through the camp for most of the time, and for now, all too few of the refugees have the protection of a tent. there are stubbornly high death rates here. a delegation representing the u.s. another big donors came to see what needs to be done to prevent this refugee emergency turning into a disaster. >> the main key right now is to focus on the humanitarian side. we are in very deep need of better 10th facilities, better health facilities as well. it is absolutely a top priority, and the death rate we are seeing here is staggering.
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>> if the influx of somali refugees continues or becomes even bigger, the plan is to turn this area into the next refugee camp. it could be needed in just a matter of weeks. no wonder that everyone agrees that the emergency operation needs to be ramped up considerably. in the latest batch of refugees across the border, a greater number of the elderly and infirm. caring for them is adding to the complexity of this crisis. >> you are watching newsday on the bbc live from singapore and london. still to come, the latest from northern ireland, where police officers are trying to restore order after riots broke out in belfast. >> rejecting claims of buying his way to host the world
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football cup in 2022. thousands of people in bosnia have attended a ceremony marking the 16th anniversary of the massacre of a nelson muslims. the remains of more than 600 victims were recovered from mass graves. >> 16 years on, but the pain is just as rockaw. a mother overwhelmed with anguish at finding remains of her son. at 29 years old, he was one of those killed back in 1995. today, just another coffin lowered into the ground. over 600 were buried on this anniversary, identified through dna analysis. for those grievinghusbands, it t
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atrocity in europe since the second world war. thousands of muslims crowded into the safe haven as the war raged on. the men and boys were let off to be slaughtered, or around 8000 of them within the space of five days. it is the only part of the balkan wars to be labeled genocide. the bosnian serb commander was filmed reassuring muslim children that all would be fine. it was his troops who carried out the killing. the general was indicted for genocide in 1995 but evaded justice until this year. he was arrested in serbia and now awaits trial in the hague. bosnia remains deeply divided between its main ethnic groups. as the digging goes on, the names of victims were read out. there families gather, yearning for closure.
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this nation is still struggling to recover from the conflict that tore it apart. >> the headlines this hour. american secretary of state hillary clinton said the syrian president has lost legitimacy in the eyes of the u.s. and is not indispensable. >> pressure on rupert murdoch's media empire in the u.k. has intensified following new allegations of malpractice by journalists of its newspapers. >> breaking news coming to us from the writer news agency. an explosion has hit a gas terminals on each of its border with israel. the blast happened at a pipeline distribution station.
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one report said masked gunman had launched a raid, starting a huge fire. it is the third attack on the pipeline within the last few months and the second within the last fortnight. more on that story to come. story,eturn to our top the phone hacking scandal that is engulfing the rupert murdoch media empire here in the u.k. there was an article headlined "murdoch's watergate." thank you very much for joining us. >> the story has a question mark at the end.
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this is about a massive abuse of power, just as watergate was about a massive institutional abuse of power from the top down. what we are seeing here is astonishing and unprecedented, the hacking scandals shaking rupert murdoch's empire. none of us should be too surprised, because the standards of the bottom end of though murdoch stable has always been evident, but i think we are shocked, nonetheless, to see hello people who call themselves journalists regius see how low people who call themselves journalists will go, acting like thugs and criminals. >> there is nothing to suggest that rupert murdoch knew about the finer details of these allegations and knew that these
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practices were taking place at the news of the world newspaper here in the u.k. having said that, what impact do you think the scandal will have on his business? >> let's deal with the first part, rather than trying to predict the future. this is a scandal about a culture that was created by rupert murdoch from the top down, just as watergate was a scandal about a culture that was created by richard nixon from the top down. whether richard nixon knew about a particular break-in, he created a system, just as murdoch has created a system in which the top executives and the top editors engaged in criminal behavior, that if he did not know it, he would have to turn a pretty blind eye. >> looking to the future, what
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kind of impact do you think this will have on rupert murdoch's empire? >> i think obviously, the deleterious one. how is going to ultimately be resolved, i don't think we are no. i do not think rupert murdoch's empire is ever going to be the same and he will never be regarded the same way by politicians and his colleagues. i think he is tarnished forever and irrevocably. i think his institutions, certainly if the british authorities are wisely watching the concentration of media power that has been abused, he will not get control ultimately of sky news.
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imagine if we are talking about another institution. let's say we were talking about the bbc, and there was one major are of the bbc that had engaged in the kind of conduct that the people at the news of the world and the executives there did. i cannot imagine that the head of the bbc on that watch would be around for long. i think we have to look at this with some kind of logic about who is ultimately responsible. >> we are going to have to leave it there, but we appreciate you joining us. thank you very much. police in west belfast had used water cannons to deal with up to 200 national protesters, some of whom hijacked a bus. two police officers have reportedly been injured. >> within the last hour, we have returned from those riots in
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belfast. trouble was expected to come from all loyalists, but it fate -- it came from the nationalist, where it used hijacked a bus and drove it toward the police car and --cordon. they like bonfires on july 11. loyalists insist they have the right to march what they term as the kings -- a queens highway. nationalists hijacked a bus and throughout the bus driver and a number of passengers. there has been sustained rioting. >> more details about the world
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cup news from qatar. >> there are allegations that qatar bought its way to hosting the world cup in 2022, denied by the chief executive. he said that claims of corruption were based on prejudice. he talked with our sports editor, david bond. >> qatar caused the biggest upset in football history wednesday juristic vision of staging the world cup was given backing last december. corruption allegations have been growing. >> absolute outrage. if there is evidence, investigate the evidence. we have always said that. please go ahead. but if there is no evidence,
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there is nothing there, is based on rumors. >> a former bid official said three fifa members were paid $1.5 billion to vote for qatar. qatar 2022 say they have done nothing wrong and that all the allegations against them are entirely false. facing expulsion later this month, they know there will still be questions about how they won the world cup. qatar is worried its reputation could be damaged if he is found guilty. qatar says its plan to spend billions of pounds on new infrastructure and air- conditioned stadiums like this one won them the world cup boat,
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but rival bidders still insist it will have got it wrong. >> it is unusual to hold an event of this extraordinary magnitude in a country of one city. you would have to question whether it makes sense to build a kind of infrastructure it takes to accommodate the world cup. >> the celebrations following blusters world cup decision have proved short-lived. despite the country's efforts to draw a line on criticism of the victor, the doubts are unlikely to end here. >> you have been watching newsday on the bbc. >> a reminder of our main news this hour. u.s. secretary of state has said syria's president has lost legitimacy and made diplomatic -- amid diplomatic tension between the two countries. thanks for watching.
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